Sonja VanHoose
Sonja VanHoose
  • November 18, 1945 - January 23, 2017
  • Fruitland, Maryland

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Sonja VanHoose, 71, of Salisbury, passed away Monday, January 23, 2016 at Peninsula Regional Medical Center. Born in Erfurt, Germany, she was the daughter of the late Ludwig and Else Kloepfer. In 1955, Sonja immigrated to the United States with her family on the MS Berlin, settling in Springfield, Ohio. After graduating from South High School she married David A. VanHoose, and together they moved to Salisbury, where they raised their two children, Marla and Dwayne. Sonja was active in her community, helping to found the Wicomico County Humane Society and volunteering for Junior Board, Deer’s Head Hospital, and Coastal Hospice. While a student at Salisbury State University, Sonja helped organize a program to help older students acclimate to college. In 1991, Sonja graduated from Salisbury State University with a BA Degree in Psychology. Sonja was incredibly compassionate and enjoyed the time she spent with the elderly. An animal lover, she always had pets. Sonja is survived by her daughter, Marla Beck, husband, Jon, and daughter, Annabelle, of Fairfax, California; son, Dwayne A. VanHoose, wife, Nicole, and children, Olivia and Emery of Boise, Idaho; companion of 30 years, James R. Burke; sister, Helga M. Newsom, and companion, Richard Reim, of Springfield, Ohio; and several nieces and nephews. A private family service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in memory of Sonja to the Wicomico County Humane Society, 5130 Citation Dr., Salisbury, MD 21804.